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North Vancouver Travel Guide: 45 reviews and 127 photos


North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Location: 49° 18' North, 123° 01' West
Population: 127,727 (2006 Census)
Incorporated: 1891


North Vancouver ("North Van") is a separate city from Vancouver, located on the north side of Burrard Inlet, east of the Lion's Gate Bridge. Two bridges (the Lion's Gate Bridge and the Iron Worker's Memorial Bridge) separate North Van from Vancouver.

Even though North Van's considered a suburb of Vancouver, most tourists spend a considerable amount of time there because it's home to such popular tourist attractions as Grouse Mountain, Capilano Suspension Bridge, Lonsdale Quay, and Lynn Canyon Park.

There are three areas I tend to visit while in North Vancouver: Lonsdale, Lynn Valley, and Deep Cove.

Lonsdale is the historic downtown part of the City of North Vancouver. It's located on the waterfront immediately across Burrard Inlet from downtown Vancouver. It's home to Lonsdale Quay, many shops and restaurants, apartment towers, historic buildings, and the seabus terminal.

Lynn Valley is a suburban neighbourhood in the north-east of the District of North Vancouver. It's most famous for its wilderness parks such as Lynn Canyon Park and Lynn Headwaters Park.

Finally, there's Deep Cove. Deep Cove is located at the eastern end of the District of North Vancouver to the east of Mount Seymour. It's a tiny if not slightly remote village overlooking Indian Arm fjord. It's most famous for its sea kayaking and marine life.

I guess there's also a fourth part to North Van: Capilano Road. This is where you'll find some of Vancouver's most popular tourist attractions: Capilano Suspension Bridge and Grouse Mountain. Because these attractions are also quite pricy, I tend not to visit them as frequently.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:The mountains in North Van offer easily-accessable wilderness (forests, lakes, wildlife), hiking trails, skiing (alpine & cross country), snowboarding, ice skating, snoeshowing, some of the world's best mountain biking, and beautiful views.
  • Cons:The rainiest part of Greater Vancouver. The 2 bridges that link North Van to the rest of Greater Vancouver act as bottlenecks. This is not the most vibrant place to be if you're into nightlife.
  • In a nutshell:A city for outdoor enthusiasts!
  • Last visit to North Vancouver: Feb 2008
  • Intro Updated Feb 17, 2008
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  • victorwkf's Profile Photo
    May 31, 2008 at 8:28 AM

    Great tips of north vancouver, looking forward to my trip there in July :)

  • rwlittle's Profile Photo
    Jan 23, 2005 at 9:57 AM

    Yeah, I noticed when I was home for Christmas that Bread Gardens were everywhere...I remember going to the original (I think) one in Vancouver in ~1991...

  • TinKan's Profile Photo
    Mar 22, 2003 at 3:18 PM

    Food and beer... what more can anyone ask for...

  • matcrazy1's Profile Photo
    Feb 28, 2003 at 10:53 AM

    Your page made me hungry :-). Matt crazy running to check the fridge now hehe.

  • roz.van's Profile Photo
    Jan 19, 2003 at 10:34 PM

    I hope I can get back there not too far in the future. (like the pics on external page too)

  • acemj's Profile Photo
    Jan 18, 2003 at 4:14 PM

    I just ate dinner and now you've made me hungry again!!!

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